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5 Book Releases We Can’t Wait To Get Our Hands On

We all have those moments when we want to escape into the world of a book. There’s something about opening up an old favorite and getting lost in its pages again, or discovering a new story that captivates us from the first line. And with every year comes more books to read! Here are five book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on this year

The Tale of Princess Fatima translated and edited by Melanie Magidow

Starting our 5 book releases list, Melanie Magidow brings us a modern, action-packed translation of The Arabic Epic of Dhat al-Himma; brought to life for the first time in the English language.

For fans of strong female leads, The Tale of Princess Fatima delivers the timeless story of a girl disowned from birth who’s tenacity leads her to triumph as a warrior so formidable her story became the only Arabic epic named for a woman. Leading armies of 70,000 men in battle, capturing her estranged father, and confronting her assaulter all in 208 pages, The Tale of Princess Fatima is not to be missed. 

(Release date August 3rd, 2021)

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This Mexican Gothic noir set in 1970’s Mexico City follows Maite, a quiet secretary whose fascination with romance novels has enveloped her in a cloistered life despite the political unrest outside. But when her intriguing, beautiful neighbor, Leonora, disappears suspiciously, Maite is sucked into the city’s secret community of student radicals and dissidents. Along the way Elvis appears – but not the real Elvis.

A criminal who seeks to escape his life of violence through old movies and rock ’n’ roll, Elvis begins to fall for Maite as they both follow the trail of the vanished Leonora. Dangerous hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies threaten Elvis and Maite at every corner in this detective noir fit for the silver screen, resplendent in all its smokey glory.

(Release date: August 17th 2021)

Run: Book One

After the success of March – the first introduction to Senator John Lewis’ incredible life – its team of writers and artists have reunited to bring us a look at politics after passing the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Picking up where many stories leave off, Run: Book One shows Sen. John Lewis’ continuing struggle even after the civil rights movements’ legislative success. This first installment tells the story of John Lewis and so many others seeking to actualize their voting rights in the face of bigotry and disrespect. 

(Release Date: August 3, 2021)

Cytonic By Brandon Sanderson

The hotly anticipated third installment of the Skyward Series promises to deliver a sci-fi thrill ride with action-packed adventure executed at the speed of a DDF starfighter. Cytonic follows Spensa who’s proved herself several times over as a Defiant Defense Force pilot.

Saving the people of Detritus from alien extermination and infiltrating the Superiority – think Star Wars’ First Order – is all in a day’s work for Spensa. But with a galaxy-wide war in progress, it’s up to Spensa to understand her own identity as a Cytonic to defeat the alien forces known as Delvers which threaten the entire galaxy. The finale to the Cytoverse’s rich storyline, Cytonic promises to deliver a thrilling ending.

(Release date: November 23, 2021)

The Women of Troy by Pat Barker

Following Baker’s sensational The Silence of the Girls, its sequel looks at Troy from the perspective of not only its aftermath, but from the narratives of 3 women who are imprisoned by the victorious Greeks. Grounded by the gods, the Greeks are unable to return leaving ample opportunity for the young and elderly women to develop unlikely partnerships in the chaotic world that remains.

Without the hierarchies and bonds clung to throughout the siege, uncertainty becomes the name of the game for these women grasping at revenge as well as for the Greeks abandoned by their beloved gods. For fans of Circe, The Song of Achilles, or retellings of old tales, this book promises to be a riveting exploration of the Trojan women caught in-between.

(Release date: August 24th 2021)

That concludes the list of 5 Book releases we can’t wait to read this summer. Let us know which is your favorite and if you think there’s any upcoming release we missed.

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